Showbiz

Sting to perform in Auschwitz

By Sandy Rashty, June 18, 2013

British pop icon Sting is set to perform as the guest of honour at the annual Auschwitz peace festival this month.

The Life Festival, which is supported by human rights organisation Amnesty International, will also showcase educational exhibitions on human rights issues.

Sting, real name Gordon Sumner, has previously performed in Tel Aviv and also collaborated on songs for Palestine.

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Streisand distressed by strictly Orthodox treatment of women

By Josh Jackman, June 18, 2013

Barbra Streisand has spoken out against the treatment of Israeli women by strictly Orthodox Jews.

The singer, who was receiving an honorary doctorate at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, used her speech to voice concerns over what she regarded as recent incidents of sexism in the country.

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Pet Shop Boys defy boycotters to play in Israel

By Marcus Dysch, June 17, 2013

Pet Shop Boys will perform in Tel Aviv later this week after defying anti-Israel activists’ calls for them to pull out of a planned concert.

Pop stars Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe said that while they opposed “crude and cruel defence policies” of the Israeli government, comparisons with apartheid South Africa were “a caricature”.

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Simpsons' Harry Shearer to star in UK play with Maureen Lipman

By Anna Sheinman, June 14, 2013

Simpsons star Harry Shearer is to make his theatre debut in UK, appearing in a comic love story alongside Maureen Lipman.

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Russell Brand to tour synagogues and mosques in Middle East

By Sandy Rashty, June 12, 2013

Eccentric comedian Russell Brand will embark on a new comedy tour with a Jewish twist.

The Essex-born star is set to visit an array of synagogues and mosques in the Middle East as part of a new comedy show that will “dissect religion” and the lives of religious leaders.

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'Genius' Francine Lewis loses out in Britain's Got Talent final

June 7, 2013

Celebrity impressionist Francine Lewis failed in her bid to win Britain's Got Talent on Saturday night, despite promising "to perform like I've never performed before" and winning lavish praise from the judges.

Hungarian shadow-mime artists Attraction claimed top spot in the final of the ITV talent show. They win a prize of £250,000 and the opportunity to perform at the Royal Variety Show.

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Heroine who turned a zoo into a refuge from the Nazis

By Jennifer Lipman, June 7, 2013

The extraordinary story of a Holocaust heroine who saved Jews from the Nazis by hiding them in animal cages at Warsaw Zoo, has been published in Britain for the first time.

Diane Ackerman's bestselling book describes how Antonina Zabinski and her husband Jan - a keeper at the zoo - risked their lives to protect more than 300 people.

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Britain's Got Talent finalist shocked by her success

By Anna Sheinman, June 6, 2013

Celebrity impressionist Francine Lewis said this week she was "overjoyed" at winning a coveted place in the final of Britain's Got Talent

“I’m in shock still,” she said, “It is just the most amazing feeling.”

Her impressions of Cheryl Cole and Katie Price earned a standing ovation from the judges on the ITV talent show.

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Rachel Weisz’s father makes his movie debut

By Jennifer Lipman, May 31, 2013

Move over Rachel — there is a new member of the Weisz family finding success in the film business.

The actress’s 84-year-old father George has made his debut as a producer with a documentary telling the little-known story — set in Nazi Germany — of the first ever female rabbi.

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